“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”
– Romans 5:3-5
Jesus told us, “In this world you will have trouble”. That being said, within the same breath He also told us that we can “take heart” because He has “overcome the world” (John 16:33). Thus, we can take two clear points away from this impartation. One, despite our Christian faith, we are not excluded from experiential trouble. Two, despite this fact, we need not be dismayed. For Jesus as overcome this world in power, and in Him we gain an eternal perspective that renders trouble a temporary nuisance. The Apostle Paul expresses this in Romans 8:18 when he says, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” “Will be,” Paul says. He points to our glorious forthcoming eternal reality.
Back to the first point, however; earthly trouble is still an experience we will endure. Certainly, we can “take heart” in Paul’s forecasted eternal victory, but this doesn’t change our here-and-now circumstances. Our troubles are still present, and they are difficult to deal with. So, what must we do when they come? Continue reading “The In-between of Sufferings and Hope”